Hungry for a new virtual Storytime? Then you're in luck, because you're just in time for lunch with LBPL. Come grab a slice of our latest video, Pizza Party Storytime !

Ms. Shaina is back again, as she reads "Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party". Afterwards, stick around for a fun sing-along with an ooey-gooey twist on the classic song "BINGO". Be sure to bring your appetite and your listening ears, because this Pizza storytime will be a delicious delight to all of your senses!
 Bullet Journaling is a great way to get organized and express your creativity. You can customize your journal any way you like, from complex to minimalistic. Studio Guide Nicole will take you through the steps on how to lay out your own bullet journal in this week's #LBPLMakeTime .

This week we recommend you check out RB Digital , your online magazine stand. Through RB Digital, you have free and full access to over 100 popular magazines covering a broad spectrum of interests from cooking and crafting, to news and public affairs, sports, home and lifestyle, Spanish language magazines, and even a couple just for the kids.

Here’s a quick sampling of magazines you will find: Wired, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Dwell, The Economist, Marie Claire, Cooks Illustrated, National Geographic, and the New York Review of Books.

RB Digital is a true hidden gem in the library’s Digital Library. We recommend you explore, and we promise you will not be disappointed.
Lincoln Park's roque courts and old Carnegie Library are visible in the background.
The Municipal Market is in the foreground on Chestnut Ave. Circa 1930s
While Long Beach residents continue to shelter-in-place under the COVID-19 “Safer at Home” mandate, a recent article in USA Today reported that sales of board games, card games, outdoor playsets, and other sporting equipment are skyrocketing as people look to other forms of entertainment besides TV, movies, online/video gaming, etc. Americans are exploring more diverse forms of technology, communication, recreation, and entertainment as they adapt to limitations brought on by the pandemic. In the midst of all this, the City of Long Beach has recently begun a phased approach to resume modified daily operations and activities, and parks and beaches have reopened again with guidelines for maintaining social distancing. 

Many outdoor games that once enjoyed great popularity in Long Beach have long since faded in to relative obscurity – not only disappearing from the cultural landscape, but also from community memory with the passing of our oldest generations. For decades, our municipal parks featured dedicated game courts and recreational areas for a wide range of leisure activities like croquet, roque (an American variant of croquet), shuffleboard, horseshoes, quoits (a ring toss game), and lawn bowling, just to name a few. Established in 1888, the city’s stately old Pacific Park (renamed Lincoln Park in 1920)– which once surrounded the beautiful old Carnegie [Main] Library on the same city block where our new Billie Jean King Main Library stands today – featured many built-in outdoor game areas for the public to enjoy. Other city parks like Bixby Park and Recreation Park also boasted similar amenities, and all parks included benches where the public could sit, gather, and observe the activity around them. Most of these historic game courts have long since been removed, though lawn bowling remains one of the last holdouts from days gone by – with a dedicated bowling green and clubhouse still located at Rec Park, and lawn bowling lessons offered by a small but loyal group of players who are passionate about the game.

So while enjoying your indoor board games, card games, and Xbox during COVID-19, don’t forget to “think outside the box” when you look for things to do outside.
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